Monday, October 20, 2014

Noodlebar 2-Year Anniversary: NoodleFest!

Last weekend,Saturday October 18th, i visited the 2-year anniversary of the Noodlebar NoodleFest in Roodkapje / Rotterdam / the Netherlands
On this special evening a selection of artists who have ever played at Noodlebar in the past 2 years, showed their modular skills in two different rooms.
The main key of Noodlebar remains that there is no computer involved...

" In 2012 Dennis Verschoor AKA Mono-Poly decided it was time for a monthly evening devoted to modular synthesizers.
Luckily he found in BAR the place who were open to the more experimental side of music where he along with Falafelbiels put down the first night.
In 2013 Noodlebar made the switch from BAR to Roodkapje where it got the space to grow to where it is today.

Falafel Biels
As the scene is so niche based, the name Noodlebar spread fairly quickly and there were plenty of artists who were only too eager to come and play.
Foreign artists who happen to
be in the neighborhood also added to the international allure."

Roodkapje is a very nice venue for these kinds of gatherings and i was surprised about how many people were attending this party, mainly men in their 40s ;-)
The party was well organised and each performer had about 20 minutes time to show off their various modular skills.
I spent a lot of time walking from room to room so i could get a short impression of most performing acts.
I sadly cannot review everything that i have seen, because there were around 15 acts(!) performing...

Falafelbiels kicked off in the small room with an exprimental set, followed by an impressive droneset by Kapi Kapnobatai...
A few other highlights in the small room (for me) were Geritz & Kafka, who brought their (heavily effected) guitar onto the stage, and Zen.Se from Belgium who only brought his EMS Synthi AKS and impressed everyone.
After KANG (the only female performer) finished in the small room with an extremely expressive noise-set at around 1AM everyone gathered in the big room to listen to the last acts in the main room until 4PM.

(Ji Youn) KANG
Acts worth mentioning from the big room were Dennis Verschoor AKA Mono-Poly on his large Serge modular, Colloid with Jan Willem from Ginko Synthese, and Sierra Romeo & Fraknoise who performed with a Theremin on stage and Osc1899.
The later it got, the more beats were heard too, allowing the audience to actually dance a little.
Das Ding, Ruistuin and Zenn did some more melodic and danceable sets, followed up by the closing performance from Rumatov.

Dennis Verschoor AKA Mono-Poly on his Serge Modular
Also 'performing' on the side throughout the whole night was the newest member of Noodlebar Harry Plotter, an 'artist' who shapes the sequences of a synthesizer and a plotter on paper.
More info on Facebook

The whole event in the big room was streamed live over the internet (powered by Grooveline) and different sets (from both rooms?) will be published in the near future via Vimeo and/or other channels.
Just keep an eye on my Twitterfeed, i will probably add some links to this blogpost at a later time...

Zenn
The Noodlebar parties at Roodkapje are organised once a month (although i did hear a rumour that
they might have to move to another location next year) and this was the first time I visited.
I can recommend this event to anyone who is interested in modular synthesis, noise and wants to meet the Dutch modular/Eurorack -scene.
The next Noodlebar party will be somewhere next month... (update will follow soon)

I will probably wear a PatchPierre nametag/badge a next time, so please take some time to talk to me whenever you see me there a next time... due to my slightly autistic limitations i am not the one who will easily start a conversation, but i'm always interested in hearing your stories and/or promoting your modular/Eurorack related stuff on my blog. (yes, that was me in my black smiley t-shirt...)

More info about Noodlebar can be found at Noodlebar.org
Noodlebar on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Noodlebar/333509576785824

There are a few more pictures on my PatchPierre Facebook page.

Random Video: Chaotic Harmony with the Intellijel µScale by Steve Castellano

Steve Castellano ‏uploaded a nice video showing a fun way to incorporate an Intellijel µScale into a modular patch with MakeNoise Maths and René...

Video: Chaotic harmony with the Intellijel µScale

"Here's a quick and easy way to to add quasi-chaotic harmonic accompaniment to a sequence with the Intellijel µScale and whatever spare oscillators you have lying around.
I've kept the patch pretty simple for the purposes of the demo:
Make Noise Rene → Intellijel Dixie II
Intellijel µScale → Intellijel Dixie II & Make Noise STO
Make Noise Maths → µScale CV in & shift (via Doepfer A-148 Dual S/H)
Dixies & STO → Intellijel Korgasmatron
Korgasmatron → Pittsburgh Dual Index
Intellijel Dual ADSR → Korgasmatron & Dual Index
A very basic subtractive setup, in other words."

Uploaded by Steve Castellano
 

Friday, October 17, 2014

Medic Modules Cranial Saw Dual VCO Overview by @DivKid

I really like the Video tutorials by DivKid.
Here's another one he did, about the Medic Modules Cranial Saw.
I blogged about this module earlier, find that blogpost at http://patchpierre.blogspot.nl/2014/10/medic-modules-cranial-saw-advanced-vco.html

Video: Medic Modules dual VCO eurorack module overview

" Medic Modules Cranial Saw dual VCO eurorack module overview
http://www.analoguesolutions.com
Video by Ben Wilson / DivKid
www.youtube.com/divkidvideo"
On Twitter: https://twitter.com/divkid

Modular Theremin Explorations by Wellurban

I wrote earlier about the possibilities of the A-178 Theremin Control Voltage Source outside the 'recreating a Theremin sound' spectrum.

The voltages out of the A-178 can be used for controlling any voltage controlled parameter of your Eurorack, like pitch or pulsewidth, loudness, panning, filter frequency or resonance from all of the filter modules, phasing, frequency shifting, envelope parameters and tempo, to name just a few.

YouTube user Wellurban created a video with some great examples...

Video: Modular Theremin Explorations by Wellurban

" Playing with a Doepfer A178 Theremin Voltage Source module to control various aspects of modular synthesiser patches (rather than just pitch and amplitude, as with a traditional theremin)."

Uploaded by wellurban

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Plankton Electronics Earwig Rectifying Mixer

Plankton Electronics Earwig Rectifying Mixer
The Earwig is a Eurorack format Rectifying Mixer made by Plankton Electronics.

" The core of each channel are two half wave rectifiers and one full wave rectifier. 
There is also gain, pre and post-rectifier bias and an inverter amp. 2 CV bias inputs are provided to modulate the signal. 
Each channel accepts audio and CV signals. 
The Earwave is available at the stores as a modular kit or fully assembled."

Video: The Earwig - Rectifying Mixer - Basic Functions

" Demo for the Earwig eurorack module. Basic channel functions. More info at www.planktonelectronics.com"

Video uploaded by Plankton Elec

You can find more videos at http://www.planktonelectronics.com/the-earwig/
and read about it on MuffWiggler:
http://www.muffwiggler.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=118257&sid=0c175fc70fcf16c694cf5cda3d2c6613

Modular Wild Presents Profile - Malekko Heavy Industry Richter Megawave

Malekko Heavy Industry Richter Megawave
Another new video series by Raul Pena starts this week!

" The Malekko/Richter Megawave is a selectable wavetable device featuring many of the available preset Wiard Miniwave ROM waveforms.

Each of the ten ROM selections contains 256 waveforms.
It's not an oscillator, the Megawave can be used as an audio wave shaper, complex LFO function generator, stage quantizer, random function generator, non-linear waveform distortion unit, etc.

WAVE, BANK, and ROM selection are all voltage controllable and each CV input has fine control.

The Megawave wavetable device is 16HP wide, 35mm deep, and consumes around 90mA power."

Find more info via http://malekkoheavyindustry.com/
Malekko on Twitter: https://twitter.com/malekkoheavy

Modular Wild - Profile-Malekko Heavy Industry Richter Megawave

" A short overview of the basic features of the Malekko Heavy Industry Richter Megawave.Sound and Video by Raul Pena."

More videos will be added weekly...

Check out Raul's latest survey athttp://www.surveymonkey.com/s/K3Z9PVF
Other places to find Raul's World of Synths on the Web:

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Noise Rack Diary by @Flixxx

Felix from The Tuesday Night Machines is slowly putting together a standalone Eurorack Modular Synthesizer for noise music.
In this playlist you will find some experiments with it along the way.

Video Playlist: Noise Rack Diary

New episodes will be added on a regular basis...
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Sunday, October 12, 2014

Slow Nova Modules Probably

SlowNova Probably
Slow Nova Modules is a small company from Boston that sells hand built Eurorack modules and kits.
Today they published the first proper build of their latest module with the new face-plates on Twitter.

The Probably module is a dual 2 to 1 analog multiplexer with probability based switching.On each clock a random number decides which input is connected to the output. The likelihood can be set independently for each switch.

Inputs:
A, B, C, D - -12V to 12V
Clock - 0 to 10V
Outputs:
A/B - -12V to 12V
C/D - -12V to 12V

Switching Time - 75ns
Current Draw - 14.5ma

The module will be on sale soon for 150 USD,
(i believe it is already sold out though)

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

AJH Synth MiniMod Eurorack Modules

MiniMod vintage
transistor core VCO
Another new modular synth company, AJHSynth is headed up by Allan "J" Hall, who has been involved with synths, electronics and music for more years than he cares to remember.
He started by building a guitar fuzz box at the tender age of 12 and an interest in synthesisers and electronic music soon followed, fuelled by an unhealthy overexposure to early Tangerine Dream, Pink Floyd, Vangelis and Kitaro.

For the last 15 years he has been building and modding synth systems both for himself and other electronic musicians, as well as spending some time as a semi-pro musician playing keyboards in several rock and tribute bands.
Allan spent five years as a service technician repairing and modifying Moog, Arp, Korg, Roland and other analogue synthesisers along with some Pro Audio design work, previous to this he spent two years designing and building "boutique" valve (tube) guitar amplifiers.

MiniMod countour
generators (2 x ADS)
AJHSynth are based near Bournemouth on the South coast of England, where this small but enthusiastic bunch of synth. heads now indulge their passion for all things modular.

The MiniMOD Eurorack system aims to replicate the sound of the vintage Moog Model D as closely as possible, so they used exactly the same internal circuitry and every module runs at the same internal signal and control voltage levels as the original.

Their quest was to bring the unbeatable fatness and legendary sounds of this classic synthesizer to the 3U Modular world and have separated the synth into five modules, comprising:
MiniMod transistor ladder filter
VCOVCFVCADual Contour, and Glide + Noise, which can be easily integrated into an existing Eurorack system or, with the addition of a case and power supply, it becomes a self contained stand alone synthesizer.

Click here for an overview of the MiniMod.

MiniMod
glide + noise
The MiniMod is based on the circuitry of most desirable Model D of all, the very early R A Moog Mk1 model with its unique and sweet sounding VCO design, the core of which uses discrete transistors only, with no integrated circuits.
We have also based the transistor ladder VCF on the early design, which uses fully matched transistors throughout.
Less than 300 Mk1 Model D’s were built with this very early VCO design out of a total of around 17,000 which were produced between 1970 and 1981.

The Minimod has been more than 18 months in development, thousands of hours have been spent analysing the original Model D using both real world measurement and computer based Spice circuit simulation programs, they carefully selected components and built many prototypes before they were happy that we had done justice to the original sound and circuit behavior.
MiniMod discrete
cascaded VCA

MiniMod Eurorack modules comprise separate VCO, VCF, VCA, Dual Contour and Glide/Noise for maximum flexibility so that they can be easily integrated into a larger Eurorack format Modular synthesizer to tap into the endless control and expansion possibilities – they removed all of the control limitations of the “closed system” of the original Model D synthesizer so that the sounds that you can now create are limited only by your imagination and the other modules that you add to your system. All of the modules can be used independently in your existing Eurorack system.

 A full MiniMod system would comprise 3 x VCO, 1 x VCF, 1x VCA, 1 x Dual Contour, 1 x Glide-Noise and this will take up exactly 84hp of Eurorack space, so that it will fit into 3U of rack space with a suitable Eurorack frame and power supply (not supplied)
Just add a Midi/CV converter and keyboard for a fully functional BIG and FAT monophonic synthesizer.

Sound examples:

More videos and sound-examples at http://www.ajhsynth.com/sounds.html

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ajhsynth

On MuffWiggler:  http://www.muffwiggler.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=122864&start=all&postdays=0&postorder=asc&sid=9f9b66bca630155dfd6c5cb361e6d5c2

Qu-Bit Electronix Tri-ger

Qu-Bit Electronix  released this video 4 months ago without much additional info, but this Tri-ger
offers 3 manual gates, and some kind of Gate-pattern recorder/looper.
This module with big arcade-style buttons looks pretty amazing, and will come in very handy if you want to program drum-patterns that are not quantized.

The Qu-Bit team recently explained in an episode of The Distilery Podcast that this is not the final Tri-ger version yet, and that there will be another prototype produced before a finished module will reach the markets.
A new version will probably include a few quantize options and other functions, the arcade-style buttons will probably stay...

More info will be added here when available 

Video: Tri-ger - Qu-Bit Electronix

" Tri-ger"
Video uploaded by QuBitElectronix 

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

SiteTip: The Distillery Podcast by Sam Botstein

Samuel Botstein is a composer, performer, sound and instrument designer based in Los Angeles, California.
Botstein is known for his experimental and electronic music and performances on trumpets,
turntables, and synthesizers.

Botstein is also the host of The Distillery, a very interesting interview podcast series focused on figures in the world of  music technology. 

Look at the impressive episode-list with the people he already interviewed, and have a listen...

New episodes seem to appear very frequent lately (weekly?), so keep an eye on The Distillery's website and don't miss another episode...

Monday, October 06, 2014

Entrospec Iungo CV-to-MIDI Eurorack Module

Another new Eurorack manufacturer, now from Bristol, introducing a CV-to-MIDI converter with a twist...

Entrospec Iungo
The Entrospec Iungo is designed to bridge the worlds of modular synthesizers and MIDI controlled instruments.
This module lets you create both monophonic and polyphonic sequences to play your MIDI gear, all controlled by your cv and gate generating modular system.

The Iungo is in essence a CV to MIDI converter, but instead of acting as a direct translator, this module gives you voltage control of the MIDI data stored in banks and patches.
It has the following features:

- Stored MIDI data accessed via cv and gate inputs.
- Banks will store up to 16 notes and rests. Each note can have an independent MIDI channel.
- Each bank can also store 1 program change message.
- 5 memory locations to store patches
- “Chord” mode outputs all notes in a bank simultaneously when triggered.
- “Seq” mode outputs each note in a bank consecutively upon receiving a gate s- ignal.
- “Poly Seq” mode runs all 5 banks in sequencer mode simultaneously.
- The length of each bank is independent, allowing for more complex sequences to be produced.
- Chords and sequences can be transposed via the MIDI input.
- Velocity of MIDI data is determined by the amplitude of the gate signal.
- MIDI input and output via 2.5mm stereo jack to 5 pin DIN cables. The same format adopted by iOS devices.
- Panel size 6HP
- Module depth 41mm
- Maximum current consumption 59mA on +12V "

Price: £139.99 + postage, included with each module are two 2.5mm stereo to 5 pin DIN MIDI cables.

A few demos highlight some of the functionality that Iungo provides:

Video 1: Iungo from Entrospec

" A short demo that highlights some of the functionality that Iungo provides. Integrating MIDI controlled instruments with modular synthesizers by allowing voltage control of MIDI data.
A little about the patches:
1 - CV and Gate inputs from Make Noise Rene
2 - Gate from Shuffling Clock Multiplier, voltage offset scrolls through the 5 sequences, then random CV input from noise/sample & hold through an offset generator.
3 - Gate from Shuffling Clock Multiplier "

Video 2: Entrospec Iungo and Hexinverter Midi2cv

" Iungo in polyphonic sequencer mode being used to sequence 3 vco's via a Hexinverter midi2cv.
The vco's are out of shot, the cv outputs of the midi2cv control the pitch of each vco, and the gates trigger envelopes, 2 from the Make Noise Maths and a third out of shot.
The envelopes and vco outputs are patched to 3 channels of a Make Noise QMMG.

Midi2cv is in Poly 4 mode, so each cv and gate pair is addressed with a different midi channel. Note sequences have been stored in the Iungo beforehand, and the parts are brought in by unmuting them in the mute menu.
Iungo is clocked from a 4ms SCM. The pulsewidth of the triggers are increased towards the end, increasing the width of the gates going to the envelopes."

Videos uploaded by Entrospec

Dave Smith Instruments DSM01 Curtis Filter

Known for their great in-depth reviews, SonicState/Soniclab has published another long video demonstrating Dave Smith Instruments' latest product, the Dave Smith Modular DSM01 Curtis Filter, that was released earlier this year.

Dave Smith Modular
DSM01
" The module takes its name from the original filter chip designed by the late Doug Curtis and provides both a switchable 2/4-pole low-pass filter and a VCA.
The Curtis filter is an integral part of the sound of many synthesizers created by Dave Smith, including the classic Sequential Circuits Prophet-5 and Pro-One, and more recent instruments such as the Evolver, Mopho, Prophet ?08, and Prophet 12.

The “Curtis sound,” which is often described as saturated, brash, and powerful, was fundamental to not only Smith’s synthesizers, but also to such highly-regarded instruments as the Oberheim Xpander, Rhodes Chroma and Polaris, PPG Wave, Korg MonoPoly, Waldorf Wave, Elka Synthex, and many others.
“We wanted to make the classic Curtis filter sound, which I’ve always found very versatile and expressive, readily available to modular users,” said Smith. 
“Adding the DSM01 to a modular system is an easy way to give it the sonic edge that people typically associate with a vintage Sequential synth. 
But it’s also a big part of the sound of my current synths such as the Prophet 12.”

The module is a standard 8HP wide, Eurorack-format device with interconnections made using 3.5 mm phone jacks. 
A set of inputs and parameters allows voltage control of filter frequency and resonance. 
Filter slope is selectable between -12 dB and -24 dB. 
The module also provides its own VCA and features two separate outputs for the filter—one pre-VCA and the other, post-VCA. 
A unique feature of the filter is a Boost function that introduces harmonic distortion into the signal for more aggressive coloration."

Video: DSM01 Eurorack Curtis Filter - Dave Smith Instruments
" The first module from Dave Smith is the classic Curtis Filter. In 8HP it also has a VCA to further expand the features available in such a small module."

Saturday, October 04, 2014

Dtronics Digidrum 80s Style Eurorack Drum Module

Dtronics uploaded a video of their latest Eurorack module, the Digidrum.
(NOT the most original name btw...)
Here shown are 8 identical modules, with each of them carrying with a different (Linn) drum sample.
I'm impressed of how authentic it sounds, i hope to add more info soon...

Video: Dtronics Digidrum, 80's style eurorack drum module

" Dtronics Digidrum, 80's style eurorack drum module.
With a 80's soundset ( 8 sounds ). the samples are recorded with an Oberheim Prommer to get the right sound.

The unit also accepts home made sounds ( you have to put them in an serial eeprom or you can buy complete soundsets)
or you can place one original 4K eprom with your Linndrum / DMX sound.

-accepts original LINN / DMX etc eproms (2732 / 4K)
-accepts serial eeprom with custom sounds
-Sound can be tuned to the extreme (to get thos dirty strange sounds)
-only 6HP wide

More info soon here and on the Dtronics website."

Uploaded by Dtronicsmusic

Random Video: Modular Carousel by diafragma365

I found this one on YouTube....

Video: Modular Carousel by diafragma365

" An unprocessed recording of a rather simple but musical patch on my eurorack.
It started as a test of the Scale Select Mode of the Intellijel μScale II, with the Make Noise Pressure Points & Brains used to step through a simple sequence of eight chords.

A Make Noise Maths in combination with a Doepfer S&H were used as a random arpeggiator for the organ-like sound from the Synthesis Technology Morphing Terrarium, going through the E440 VCF to the Make Noise Echophon and Erbe-Verb in order to create some room around the sound.

The rhythm for the “organ” arpeggios is somehow randomized by applying a randomized Ginkosynthese TTLFO multiplication function to a tempo from the ALM Pamela’s Workout, the basic tempo engine for this patch.

While the bass kick sound is a straight 4/4, the hi hat is triggered by a patch on the 4MS QCD, partially controlled per measure by the Make Noise Pressure Points and Brains.

This patch was a nice experiment for me to introduce some randomness in a limited musical framework of eight chords and the sound reminds me of the organ going mad with its short notes on the carousel on the fair where I used to go as a child."

Uploaded by diafragma365

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Monome Meadowphysics

Monome just released the Meadowphysics rhizomatic cascading counter, a grid-enabled module for the eurorack platform.

Monome Meadowphysics
" Meadowphysics facilitates the exploration of polyrhythms and rule-based sequencing, producing a
wide range of emergent patterns.
A monome grid is plugged into the front panel of the module, serving as a complete interface.
Tthe procedure continues running when the grid is disconnected, facilitating both live performance and precomposed playback of generative systems.

As the second module in the grid-based eurorack series, this module highlights the ability to swap the grid between modules rapidly, patching the usb cable much like a 3.5mm cable.
This module can be used in conjunction with white whale using a single grid gracefully.
The foundation of meadowphysics is an incoming clock which can be internal or external.
Seven additional counters can be cross-assigned with this clock to count down an assignable number of counts, which is the primary interface on the grid. when a counter reaches zero, the corresponding output is triggered on the panel.
Given a flexible assignment method, very complicated long-form mutating polyrhythms can be created intuitively.

In addition a series of “rules” can be applied at the zero count of each counter.
The count length can be reassigned– incremented/decremented, randomized, reset to last value, etc. a counter can have a rule assigned to change another counter’s behavior. In this way long evolving patterns emerge.
Very simple falling rhythms can also be accomplished in a very straightforward manner.
A standard subdivided counter runs as a default behavior.
Configurations are preset-able and savable to flash for later recall and instant resume on power-up."

Video: Meadowphysics possibilities
meadowphysics possibilities from tehn on Vimeo.

Video : Meadowphysics Tutorial
meadowphysics tutorial from tehn on Vimeo.



Medic Modules Cranial Saw - Advanced VCO / SUB Eurorack Module Demo by Rezfilter

Medic Modules Cranial Saw Eurorack Module
rezfilter made a nice video demonstrating the features of the 38HP wide Medic Modules Cranial Saw.
The Cranial Saw is a dual VCO
with Glide, Sync, Sub Oscillator, Pulse Width Modulation, Mixer and Cross Modulator.

" It features two discrete component VCOs based on early 1970s circuits so they sound very vintage and are full of character.

The dual VCO performs best in mid to low range, and combined with the Sub-Osc, produces huge, powerful sounds.
The main pitch CV input goes through a Glide / portamento circuit.
There are modulation CV inputs with attenuators. Also, VCO2 has its own CV Mod input.
Each VCO has a Pulse Width slider and PWM CV input sockets.
The VCOs also have Sync.
Cross modulation is possible by taking the output of say VCO1 and patching this to VCO2’s Mod CV input.
The built in mixer allows the two VCOs and the Sub-Osc to be mixed via their own attenuators.
The mixer has its own audio output of course, but the VCOs and Sub-Osc also have pre-mixer, fixed level individual outputs.
The two VCOs each can be switched between Saw or Square waveforms.

VCO1 can be set to ‘Freerun’.
This means it will not track the incoming pitch CV.
VCO1 can be disconnected from the Glide circuit.
Features such as Freerun, and the Glide disconnect of VCO1, as well as individual Mod CV for VCO2, allow a great range of sounds and weird effects to be produced when cross mod is patched, or Sync used.
A lot of thought has been put into all this. Please take a look at the videos on Analogue Solutions web site and YouTube channel for examples. The idea is to allow production of a wide range of VCO sound effects with the minimum amount of patched, though, of course, patching can be done.
All sliders incorporate a LED in their shafts. The Tune slider will flash in accordance to the pitch of VCO1."

More info via http://analoguesolutions.org.uk/medicmodules/wp/

Video: Medic Modules Cranial Saw - Advanced VCO / SUB Eurorack Module

" The Cranial Saw is an advanced VCO / SUB eurorack module with glide, featuring a whole range of flexible modulation possibilities to appease even the most demanding musicians and euro enthusiasts."

Uploaded by rezfilter

WMD Geiger Counter Eurorack In-Depth Overview

This WMD video appeared on YouTube yesterday.
It gives a nice overview of the WMD Geigercounter Eurorack module.
The Geigercounter is  wavetable distortion/ bit depth and sample rate reducer...

WMD Geigercounter Eurorack module
" The WMD Geiger Counter is hundreds of entirely new face melting sounds.
A high gain modern preamp drives an 8 bit computer, creating sounds which range from nice (tubey overdrive, lofi aliasing, hot gated leads) to total madness (impossible amounts of gain, multiple octave foldover, harsh digital data errors, and piercing sculpted noise)."

Features:
- High Gain Modern Preamp
- Preamp Attenuator
- Direct Input
- Dramatic Tone Control with Disable
- Sample Rate from 260Hz to 200kHz
- 1 to 8 Bit Depth with Mask mode
- 252 Wave Table Modulator
- CV of Sample Rate
- CV of Bit Depth
- CV of Wave Table
- Always saves settings
- Top Quality Components
- Anodized and epoxy screen printed
- Standard 10pin Eurorack Cable
- 10 HP

Video:
WMD - Geiger Counter In-Depth Overview

" Alex takes us throught the features and functions of the WMD Geiger Counter Eurorack Module."

Uploaded by William Mathewson (of WMD)

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Hinton Instruments Gearbox

Hinton Instruments was quite an unknown name for me up until now, but they have been releasing a few highly interesting modules lately.
The Gearbox is one of them.

Hinton Instruments Gearbox. Basic version on the left,
full version with DIN panel on the right
This module was developed in response to a request on the Muffwiggler forum.
( The full thread discussion may be read here )

The Gearbox is a compact module that converts and locks analogue, MIDI and DINSync timing clocks together.
Any one source may be master and the other two follow in synchronisation.

The Gearbox module is available in two versions: a basic 8HP module with a single 5-pin DIN socket that may be used as one input or output or a full version with manual transport control switches and a separate 6HP panel containing four DIN I/O connectors.

Main Features:
- Four analogue inputs: Clock, Pause, Start and Stop
- Five analogue clock pulse outputs, 5V or 10V levels set by links:
- Reset, ÷6, ÷8, ÷12, ÷24 clocks
- Manual illuminated switches: Start and Stop/Cont
- MIDI In and Out
- DIN-Sync In and Out
- 8HP width with mini-jack (EJ), Banana 4mm (EB) or Bantam/TT 4.4mm (ET) jacks
- 120mm deep.
- 6HP width panel for DIN connectors, may be placed away from main panel.

Any analogue signals may be used as inputs enabling slow rising waveforms to be used as jitter free controls.
MIDI and DINSync sequencers and drum machines and DAWs may be controlled by analogue signals and vice versa.
Analogue sequencers may be driven by MIDI or DINSync clocks and commands.

Because all timing is divided down rather than multiplied up there is no sloppy timing with tempo changes.

 More details and specifications at http://hinton-instruments.co.uk/paprod/modular/gearbox/specifications.htm

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

These Hopeful Machines Radio Documentary Re-Run and Expanded website

Almost a year ago i posted about a wonderful radio-documentary 'These Hopeful Machines', a New-Zealand electronic music -documentary that was broadcasted earlier that year during the Sound Lounge radio-programme...

Now their expanded website is online, and the programme will be aired again...
 Here is the email that i got from producer James Gardner today...

" Hi Pierre
I hope this message finds you well.
I'm please to say that at long last, (it's only taken about a year...) the expanded website for my series 'These Hopeful Machines' is now up and running here:
<http://www.radionz.co.nz/concert/programmes/hopefulmachines>

There are full listings of all the music played in the series, links and a bibliography as well as interview transcripts - starting here:
<http://www.radionz.co.nz/concert/programmes/hopefulmachines/20130910>
and outtakes here:
<http://www.radionz.co.nz/concert/programmes/hopefulmachines/20130907>

Because of Radio New Zealand's house website style, some of the pages are very long, so you will need to do a lot of scrolling down to see all of the content!
I'd be very grateful if you'd post this news on your PatchPierre blog, and please feel free to spread the word via social media.

In case you have some New Zealand readers, they may like to know that the series is being broadcast (and streamed) again, this time on Radio New Zealand National (not Concert) on Fridays at 11pm, during 'Nights with Bryan Crump'. So that should get it to a slightly bigger real-time audience...

In the meantime, I wish you all the very best
Cheers
Jim"